Yeah, I'd spend more and get one of the 1911s, for your first. Only $300 and you get a wonderful piece that will probably last you a lifetime.
I won't knock the Hi power clone because I've not shot or handled one, but I've come to trust Sarco and anything they offer so I'd confidently buy one.
But I am a willing victim in such things, gladly leaping in head first just because they seem unpopular or looked down upon. I've found many gems looking where others' noses don't allow them to see.